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[Crockett, Davy]
["GO AHEAD!" DAVY CROCKETT'S ALMANACS, 1838 - 1845]
Nashville, Boston, and New York, 1844. Eight issues. Individual details and paginations provided below. All with original illustrated wrappers. Condition details provided below. In a cloth chemise and half morocco and cloth clamshell box, spine gilt. An impressive collection of eight of the celebrated series of ALMANACS that helped make Davy Crockett an American folk hero. The ALMANACS ran from 1835 to 1856 and although none were written by the actual David Crockett, he certainly participated in the creation of the mythical Davy, and subsequently in the creation of a large part of the myth and folklore of the frontier and the American West. Crockett's A NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF DAVID CROCKETT OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE (co- authored or possibly ghostwritten by Thomas Chilton) appeared in 1834, and was seen as a "campaign biography": more or less historically accurate, but amply enhanced with promotional rhetoric and early examples of what is now recognized as the classic humor of the West and Southwest. But "it was the Crockett ALMANACS which made Crockett a legendary figure and a part of American folk- lore....Constance Rourke, Crockett's biographer, observes that the legendary Crockett stories 'constitute one of the earliest and perhaps the largest of our cycles of myth, and they are part of a lineage that endures to this day, in Kentucky, Tennessee and the Ozark Mountains'" - GROLIER AMERICAN HUNDRED. The issues included are as follows: 1) [Davy Crockett]: "GO AHEAD!" DAVY CROCKETT'S ALMANACK, 1838, OF WILD SPORTS IN THE WEST, LIFE IN THE BACKWOODS, SKETCHES OF TEXAS, … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [United States]
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